What is the difference between an active and a passive switch?

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What is the difference between an active and a passive switch?
ASKED: December 10, 2009  8:56 PM
UPDATED: February 10, 2010  8:23 AM

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passive switch is basically a stand by switch, if i m not wrong……..

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active passive or managed unmanaged?

when you say active/passive only active is the one working while passive is just a back-up.

when you say managed, further configuration is needed for the switch to work properly, an unmanaged switch is just a plug and play switch, no configurations needed.

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  • Denny Cherry
    I'm not sure what you mean by Active and Passive. If you mean Managed and Unmanaged, a Managed switch is a switch which you can configure. This allows you to control what network or vLAN each port is on, as it allows you to monitor each port for bandwidth usage, etc. An unmanaged switch simply routes data between the ports.
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  • Hetmil
    passive switch is basically a stand by switch, if i m not wrong..
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  • CRagsdale32
    A passive switch is called a HUB by the people I know, and just about worthless in an enterprise environment.
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  • Metric

    Active Switching – input signals are sent through active electronic circuitry to buffer the signal. Can be used to compensate for low levels of H & V signals and bring them up to appropriate levels. Some signal processors can actively switch between signal types such as RGBs to RGBHV

    Passive Switching – means no electronic changes made to the signal. Also bidirectional, it can be a switcher and/or an RGB video router

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